Making a Determination of Intellectual Disability: 
The Right, The Wrong, and The Ugly

  • 10 Nov 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Canadinns Polo Park, 1405 St Matthews Ave.

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Making a Determination of Intellectual Disability: 
The Right, The Wrong, and The Ugly

Fall Workshop 2017

Presenter: Marc Tasse, Ph.D.

Synopsis

Making a determination of intellectual disability almost always involves “high stakes” situations. Whether it is being made in the context of special education placement or classroom accommodations, determination of eligibility for disability services or benefits, paid community supports, supported employment, supplemental benefits or income, or as a mitigating factor in a criminal justice case. Provincial governments generally set policy and criteria for determining who has intellectual disability and these policies largely rest on criteria laid out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (see DSM-5) and the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). We will review in this full-day workshop the diagnostic criteria and process as well as the best practices around the rigorous assessment and evaluation of intellectual functioning, adaptive behavior (including Conceptual, Social, and Practical Skills), and age of onset. We will review the current trends and issues as they relate to the DSM-5 and AAIDD criteria for diagnosing intellectual disability. The presenter will briefly review and discuss implications for school settings, DD/community/social services, and forensic settings.

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